May 13, 2013- It turned out to be a great day at the track on Saturday night at Brockville Speedway as Jon Mills and the Hot Lick Racing team made their 2013 season debut. Not only was it exciting because of the opening night, it was also exciting, because the team had 8-year-old Tyler McDonald as a guest, helping him raise money for Team Tyler’s Relay for Life.
On the track, Mills started his qualifying heat race from the third position, and maintained that spot throughout the eight lap event. In the 25 lap feature, Jon started from the 12th position, but a flat tire in the opening laps sent them to the pits under caution. He restarted the race from the 26th position, and steadily progressed through the field. As the dust settled at the end of the night, Mills was back up to 11th place.
Throughout the evening, The Hot Lick Racing girls helped collect donations from fellow racers and fans. Tyler also got to take a lap around the track with Jon in the racecar. The donations that were collected during the course of the night added up to more than $1700.
“We got marred back deep in the field after getting a flat tire on lap three”, says Mills. “The car was pretty good, and we were able to pass a lot of cars and salvage an ok finish. If we had the track position, I think we could have been a top five car. We were really happy to give Tyler a night to remember here at the track, and raise some money for Team Tyler”.
Tyler McDonald was diagnosed with a brainstem gilcoma (Brain Cancer) on March 4th, 2011. At the time, he was given a year to live, but has beet the odds, now over two years since the original diagnosis and going strong. Tyler will not receive any treatment as chemo cannot get to the brainstem and radiation only buys a few months, but causes a lot of side effects. Tyler currently suffers from constant headaches and dizziness. Some days Tyler cannot walk as the tumor presses on certain parts of his nerves.
Jon Mills and Hot Lick Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors for their continued support, and we look forward to working with you all throughout the season. These sponsors include Unique Towing & Recovery, Gananoque Auto Service, Gananoque Chev Olds, Thousand Islands Mechanical, Chris Parks Heavy Truck Repair, Finish Line Web Design, 1000 Islands Painting, Laurin General Contractors, Tony Corcoran Speed and Performance, Turk’s Boat Polishing and Speedy Auto Service (Eagleson Road – Kanata).
For more information on Jon Mills and the Hot Lick Racing team, please visit our brand new website, www.hotlickracing.com. You will find up to date information about Jon and the team, schedule, results, photos and direct links to our marketing partners so our fans have easy access to businesses that support our team.
From: Craig Revelle/ Finish Line Web Design